There are various beaches, all north of the city and nearly all accessible by local bus. They vary in character, with Palm Cove the most developed, but all are relatively quiet and unpopulated.
Close to Cairns airport and good for canoeing, fishing, golfing and sailing and has a few shops
About 10 north of Cairns Airport with a marina and boat club. Accommodation is along the beach and there are restaurants, a shopping centre and water sports.
Trinity Beach is 15 minutes drive north from the Cairns International airport. Plenty of accommodation, beachfront restaurants, shopping and activities
20 minutes drive from the Cairns International airport with some accommodation
20km north of airport with a shopping centre and some accommodation.
Palm Cove is a very well developed beach resort about 30 minutes north of Cairns airport. With restaurants, bars, boutiques, shops, golf and a jetty. Lots of accommodation for all budgets and lots of activities for the holiday maker!!